1970s

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1970

ACC

ACC President: Allan P. Crawfurd
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 2301/1643
Degrees Awards: 280
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $6/$25
ACC Happenings and Events: AJC joins state community college system. Students attended classes with their bandana-cloaked dogs who often barked and fought during class. Students debated the Indo-China war and whether beer should be served on campus. ACC Foundation begun.

President of the U.S.

Richard Nixon (January 20, 1969-August 9, 1974)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Patton
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel
Time Person of the Year: Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany
Nobel Prize Literature: Alexandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, Russia
Nobel Peace Prize: Norman Ernest Borlaug, Iowa, U.S.
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Applause/Borstal Boy
Emmy Award: David Frost Show, My World and Welcome to It, March Welby MD

News and Events

News-Littleton: Littleton Historical Museum opens
News-Colorado: The final segment of I-270 is opened, completing the 5.2-mile (8.4 km) Interstate Highway I-270.
News-U.S.: Gross National Product reaches $977 billion. The first Earth Day is observed. Environmental Protection Agency created.
News-Global: Salvador Allende,a Marxist, is elected President of Chile

Sports

Sports: Monday Night Football premiered. Joe Frazier becomes official world heavyweight boxing champion

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 38.90
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 1.60
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 4.94
Prime Rate (%): 6.75
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -2,842,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 838.92

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 22,975.15
U.S. Population: 205.05 million
Littleton: 26,466
Colorado Population: 2,209,596

Current Events

Technology/Science: First vaccine for rubella, first robotic lunar mission
Art: Mark Rothko dies.
Fashion: Shag haircut is the ultimate unisex hairstyle. Denim blue jeans become the youth status symbol of the world

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Ford Torino
Food: Hamburger Helper was introduced. Orville Redenbacher introduced his Gourmet Popping corn. M&M Mars introduces the Snickers Munch Bar
Toys: NERF Ball


1971

ACC

ACC President: Allan P. Crawfurd
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 2370/1681
Degrees Awards: 296
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents):$6/$25
ACC Happenings and Events: College renamed to Arapahoe Community College, accepted to North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. ACC Rodeo Club hosts the regionals in Littleton. 1st Beaver Queen, Diane Peacock

President of the U.S.

Richard Nixon (January 20, 1969-August 9, 1974)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: French Connection
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carole King
Time Person of the Year: Richard Nixon, President
Nobel Prize Literature: Pablo Neruda, Chile
Nobel Peace Prize: Willy Brandt, Germany
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Company/Sleuth
Emmy Award: All in the Family, Bold Ones, Flip Wilson Show, David Frost Show

News and Events

News-Littleton: Littleton Independent most valued citizen is James McKechnie, College Board President. Gates Rubber Plant is built in Littleton.
News-Colorado: The Denver Art Museum opens its Gio Ponti designed North Tower.
News-U.S.: Look magazine ceases publication. President Nixon ends the United States Gold standard monetary policy known as the Nixon Shock.
News-Global: Women granted the right to vote in Switzerland

Sports

Sports: Hank Aaron hits his 600th career home run.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 44.06
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 1.60
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 5.94
Prime Rate (%): 5.25
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -23,033,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 890.2

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 23,391.01
U.S. Population: 207.66 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: Soft contact lenses invented, e-mail invented, floppy disc invented, first space station
Art: Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens in Washington, DC. "Conceptual Art" becomes a major new craze in America.
Fashion: In 1971 hot pants and bell-bottomed trousers were popular fashion trends

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chevrolet Vega
Food: The Quarter Pounder was introduced at McDonald's for 53 cents. Alice Waters' Chaz Panisse restaurant opened in Berkeley, California. The first Starbucks opened in Seattle. Coca Cola introduces the plastic bottle. Nestle introduces Laffy Taffy, the taffy with a joke inside every package.
Toys: Weebles


1972

ACC

ACC President: 7/72-4/73 Dr. Emery C. Jennings - Interim
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 2807/1753
Degrees Awards: 368
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $6.50/$25
ACC Happenings and Events: School paper renamed "Who Knows". Beer accepted on campus. Train derailed from the tracks and smashed into a college building. Earth Day brought environmental consciousness to campus. ACC liquor license 32 beer sold on campus. BCIC (Birth Control Information Center) opens.

President of the U.S.

Richard Nixon (January 20, 1969-August 9, 1974)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Godfather
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
Time Person of the Year: Richard Nixon, President; Henry Kissinger, National Security Advisor
Nobel Prize Literature: Heinrich Theodor Boll, Germany
Nobel Peace Prize: Not Awarded
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Two Gentleman of Verona/Sticks and Bones
Emmy Award: All in the Family, Masterpiece Theatre, Carol Burnett Show, Dick Cavett Show

News and Events

News-Littleton: John Manville will add 1,500 jobs to the Littleton area. They are flying in 15 couples a week to look for new homes. Chatfield Dam begins collecting water.
News-Colorado: Denver withdraws its offer to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, the first and only host city to reject an awarded Olympic Games.
News-U.S.: Watergate burglary occurs. Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for first time. Military draft is phased out, armed forces become all-volunteer
News-Global: Bangladesh established as sovereign state

Sports

Sports: Winter Olympics: Sapporo, Japan. Summer

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 63.84
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 1.60
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 5.61
Prime Rate (%): 6
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -23,373,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1,003.16

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 24,358.25
U.S. Population: 209.90 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: CAT or CT scan is introduced, first successful DNA cloning
Art: Michelangelo's "Pieta" is seriously damaged by a hammer-wielding fanatic
Fashion: The jersey wrap dress, first designed by Diane von Fürstenberg in 1972, became an extremely popular item

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Citroen SM
Food: The McDonald's Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich was created by Herb Peterson. Hyman Golden and Leonard Marsh introduced Snapple Fruit Juices in New York.
Toys: Paddington Bear


1973

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 2990/1831
Degrees Awards: 394
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $6.50/$25
ACC Happenings and Events:Women's Resource Center opens. Ground broken for the new building designed by Eugene D. Sternberg and Associates. KHOW Radio beat ACC faculty at basketball. Red Fenwich Stampede was held in spring. Karl Marx Athletic Team beat the faculty at softball. ACC Basketball team leads in their League.

President of the U.S.

Richard Nixon (January 20, 1969-August 9, 1974)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: The Sting
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Killing Me Softly with His Song, Roberta Flack
Time Person of the Year: John Sirica, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Nobel Prize Literature: Patrick White, England
Nobel Peace Prize: Henry Alfred Kissinger, U.S. & Le Duc Tho, Vietnam
Tony Award (Musical/Play): A Little Night Music/Championship Season
Emmy Award: All in the Family, Waltons, Masterpiece Theatre, Julie Andrews Hour

News and Events

News-Littleton: Tortilla Flats expansions is approved will add bigger kitchen area and lounge. Littletonites favor Year around schools.
News-Colorado: Governor John Love dedicates the first bore of the Eisenhower Tunnel taking Interstate 70 under the Continental Divide of the Americas, the highest point on the Interstate Highway System.
News-U.S.: McDonald's introduces Egg McMuffin. U.S. troops leave South Vietnam. Watergate. Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling overturns state laws against abortion.
News-Global: Great Britain, Ireland, and Denmark formally join the Common Market

Sports

Sports: In a tennis match billed as the "battle of the sexes" Mrs. Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 106.48
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 1.60
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 4.88
Prime Rate (%): 9.75
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -14,908,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 855.32

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 25,650.63
U.S. Population: 211.91 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: Personal computer invented
Art: Pablo Picasso dies.
Fashion: By 1973, most women were wearing high cut boots and low cut pants

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Food: American Carl Sontheimer refined the French made Robot-Coupe and came up with the Cuisinart. Flame Seedless released; second most important seedless grape produced in the U.S. 'Stove Top Dressing' was introduced by General Foods. Hershey opens the first candy-related theme park known as Hershey's Chocolate World.
Toys: Baby Alive, Shrinky Dinks


1974

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 4323/2713
Degrees Awards: 391
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $6.35/$31.50
ACC Happenings and Events: ACC moves into new concrete building. 197,000 sq.ft. Streaker entertains graduation guests. Basketball team won 10 straight. Skunk found under English building. "The Nameless Paper" replaced "Who Knows" until the name "Rapp Street Journal" was chosen. Old houses pulled down in the summer. "Sternberg's Monument" finally unveiled for classes in September. The new 4-story College is finished and is becomes the new source of local pride.

President of the U.S.

Richard Nixon (January 20, 1969-August 9, 1974)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Chinatown
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Olivia Newton-John
Time Person of the Year: King Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia
Nobel Prize Literature: Eyvind Johnson, Sweden & Harry Martinson, Sweden
Nobel Peace Prize: Sean MacBride, France & Eisaku Sato, Japan
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Raisin/River Niger
Emmy Award: MASH, Upstairs, Downstairs, Columbo, Carol Burnett Show

News and Events

News-Littleton: Southglenn Mall is finished. City of Littleton begins beautification project. Littleton received approval for the South Platte natural park. It came about from the 1965 flood as a natural path for the water to follow in event of a future flood.
News-Colorado: The first Telluride Film Festival begins.
News-U.S.: Unemployment reaches 6.5%, highest since 1961. People magazine started. President Nixon resigns
News-Global: Juan Peron, president of Argentina succeeded in office by his wife, Maria Estela

Sports

Sports: Official major league baseballs may now be made from cowhide, rather than just horsehide. Little League Baseball, Inc., votes to allow girls to play on its teams.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 183.77
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 2.00
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 5.61
Prime Rate (%): 10.25
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -6,135,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 632.04

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 25,369.64
U.S. Population: 213.85 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First vaccine for chicken pox
Art: Jack Benny dies
Fashion: String bikini bathing suit becomes popular. Bulky fisherman sweater tied with a belt becomes fall high fashion. The dancer's leotard became an important feminine fashion accessory in 1974. It remained in style throughout the decade.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Ford Mustang 2
Food: Pop Rocks were unveiled by General Foods. Jif brand Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter was introduced. The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket. A package of Wrigley’s chewing gum with a bar code printed on it was the 1st product logged on the new Universal Product Code system (UPC). General Mills introduces a truly revolutionary new product called Pop Rocks.
Toys: Magna Doodle


1975

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 5455/3359
Degrees Awards: 478
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $6.85/$33.75
ACC Happenings and Events: Interior Design Program Starts. Shared Governance dominated the news. Parking problems plagued students. Casino Night sponsored on campus by United Veterans. ACC held a Day at the Races. Lawn finally put in ending the mud season. GED classes added to campus along with a Chess and Drama Club.

President of the U.S.

Gerald Ford (August 9, 1974-January 20, 1977)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Sunshine Boys
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain & Tennile
Time Person of the Year: American women, Represented by Susan Brownmiller, Kathleen Byerly, Alison Cheek, Jill Conway, Betty Ford, Ella Grasso, Carla Hills, Barbara Jordan, Billie Jean King, Carol Sutton, Susie Sharp, and Addie Wyatt.
Nobel Prize Literature: Eugenio Montale, Italy
Nobel Peace Prize: Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov, Russia
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Wiz/Equus
Emmy Award: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Upstairs, Downstairs, Carol Burnett Show

News and Events

News-Littleton: Littleton named one of the 15 Best Suburbs by Ladies Home Journal. RTD wants 19 acres for transit in Downtown Littleton.
News-Colorado: Dick Lamm assumes office as the thirty-eighth Governor of the State of Colorado.
News-U.S.: First desktop microcomputer available. Unemployment hits 9.2%. Fall of Saigon. Bill Gates founds Microsoft, which in time will dominate the home computer operating system market.
News-Global: Margaret Thatcher becomes leader of the British Conservative Party

Sports

Sports: Jack Nicklaus wins his fifth Masters.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 139.29
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 2.10
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 8.46
Prime Rate (%): 7.25
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -53,242,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 852.41

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 24,666.97
U.S. Population: 215.97 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First international space rendezvous
Art: Six thousand life-sized pottery figures from the 3rd century BC are found in northwest China.
Fashion: Polyester and mixed-blend fabrics become popular in both men's and women's wear. Men's platform shoes become popular. The wrinkled look for women enjoyed a brief vogue in 1975, as did flared denim skirts which ended just below the knee. Trendy colours were dusty rose, Prussian blue, bottle green, rust, and brown.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chevrolet Monza 2
Food: The popular food coloring, Red Dye No. 2, was banned by the FDA because studies had shown it might cause cancer. Red M&Ms disappeared for 11 years because of the ban.
Toys: Rubik's Cube


1976

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 5742/3359
Degrees Awards: 637
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $6.60/$33.00
ACC Happenings and Events: Bicentennial year. Nursing Program changed to a first-come first-served approach, lines formed. Nursing Program gave in to the lottery system. Many student editorials on Pot vs. Privacy. Semester vs. the quarter system was debated while students protested nuclear power and police students' wearing guns on campus. Swine Flu fell many on campus.

President of the U.S.

Gerald Ford (August 9, 1974-January 20, 1977)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Rocky
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, George Benson
Time Person of the Year: Jimmy Carter, President
Nobel Prize Literature: Saul Bellow, Canada, U.S.
Nobel Peace Prize: Mairead Corrigan, Ireland & Betty Williams, Ireland
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Chorus Line/Travesties
Emmy Award: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Police Story, Upstairs, Downstairs, Saturday Night

News and Events

News-Littleton: Martin-Marietta completed. Johns Manville opens with 2000 employees. Littleton Train Depot is restored for Depot Art Center.
News-Colorado: A flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon kills 143 people just hours before the Colorado State Centennial.
News-U.S.: Cuisinart home food processor introduced. Colossus Cave, first computer game, designed at Princeton. The Copyright Act of 1976 makes sweeping changes to United States copyright law.
News-Global: Venezuela nationalizes the petroleum industry. North and South Vietnam are reunited as one country after 22 years of separation. Seychelle Islands declare their independence from Britain

Sports

Sports: Winter Olympics: Innsbruck, Austria. Summer Olympics: Montreal, Canada

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 133.77
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 2.30
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 7.70
Prime Rate (%): 6.25
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -73,732,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1004.65

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 25,935.29
U.S. Population: 218.04 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First surface images of Mars, discovery of water frost on Mars
Art: Alexander Calder dies
Fashion: Newest look in women's fashion is the tabard, a sandwich-board styled garment that ties under the arms and at the waist, worn over pants or skirts. Cowl neck sweaters are popular. Yves St Laurent introduced the peasant look in 1976, and it became very influential. Skirts were gathered into tiers and shoulder lines dropped. Camisoles were worn. Clothing became very unstructured and fluid at this point.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Plymouth Volare
Food: In Paris, two California wines won top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France's wine experts. The French were shocked, and the wine world was changed forever. Pierrier water was introduced in the U.S. Herman Goelitz Company introduces individually-flavored jelly beans called Jelly Belly. Starburst was originally called Opal Fruit when Mars launched the product in Britain in 1960. The company rebranded the fruit chews for the U.S. when the candy came to Americans in 1976.
Toys: Stretch Armstrong


1977

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 6228/3475
Degrees Awards: 522
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $6.75/$29.70
ACC Happenings and Events: Annex added to main campus 84,000 sq. ft. New pool and gymnasium. More parking added to campus. Winter Carnival happened without snow. Karen Silkwood case annoyed students. North Central granted five more years of accreditation. Herpes showed up. James McKechnie, on the College Board since the College's inception, stepped down as Council President. Math lab opened. "Beaver" was dropped as the ACC symbol.

President of the U.S.

Jimmy Carter (January 20, 1977-January 20, 1981)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Annie Hall
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Hotel California, The Eagles
Time Person of the Year: Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt
Nobel Prize Literature: Vicente Aleixandre, Spain
Nobel Peace Prize: Amnesty International, England
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Annie/Shadow Box
Emmy Award: Mary Tyler Moore, Upstairs, Downstairs, Roots, Van Dyke and Company

News and Events

News-Littleton: Littleton City Center is completed. 26,000 acres sold from Highlands Ranch for new development. Sally Parson elected Littleton’s 1st female Mayor.
News-Colorado: United States Department of Energy opens the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden.
News-U.S.: The first home personal computer, Commodore PET, released for retail sale. Department of Energy established. Balloon angioplasty developed for reopening diseased arteries of the heart.
News-Global: Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev is elected President of the Soviet Union, becoming the first leader to combine both positions. French is adopted as the official language of Quebec.

Sports

Sports: Canadian Cindy Nicholas becomes the first woman to complete a round-trip, nonstop swim across the English Channel.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 161.10
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 2.30
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 7.06
Prime Rate (%): 7.75
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -53,242,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 831.17

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 26,819.05
U.S. Population: 220.24 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First vaccine for pneumonia, launch of Voyager
Art: Elvis Presley dies.
Fashion: Fur coats become fashionable. Legwarmers in patterned knits and wool become popular. Feminine look returns with longer graceful skirts, printed shawls, sundresses and more elegant evening wear. Fake-flower chokers and hair combs were often worn with the peasant skirts. In 1977, the ruffled sundress coupled with a tight t-shirt worn underneath enjoyed a brief popularity.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chevrolet Caprice
Food: Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn near Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.
Toys: Star Wars Action Figure, Mattel Classic Football


1978

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 6515/3428
Degrees Awards: 463
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $9.30/$38.75
ACC Happenings and Events: "Sternberg's Slab" came under criticism while the Littleton railroad tracks came under fire because they were sinking. Arapahoe Friday Night Lecture series was popular. West Building, an old auto center that was turned into classrooms, was pulled down. Dusty Saunders taught TV Criticism. Bleachers purchased for the gym. ACC Arrows took Colorado Mountain League Soccer Championship. Houston Waring founded Town and Gown.

President of the U.S.

Jimmy Carter (January 20, 1977-January 20, 1981)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: The Deer Hunter
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel
Time Person of the Year: Deng Xiaoping
Nobel Prize Literature: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Poland, U.S.
Nobel Peace Prize: Menachem Begin, Russia & Mohamed Anwar Sadat, Egypt
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Ain't Misbehavin'/Da
Emmy Award: All in the Family, Rockford Files, Muppet Show

News and Events

News-Colorado: Boettcher Concert Hall of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts opens in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
News-U.S.: Tax code permits 401(k) savings plans for first time. Postage goes to 15 cents. The Senate votes to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control on December 31, 1999.
News-Global: Camp David Accords, where Menachem Begin (Israel) and Anwar Sadat (Egypt) begin the peace process at Camp David, Maryland. Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel dies

Sports

Sports: The Denver Broncos defeat the Oakland Raiders 20 to 17 to win the American Football Conference Championship. Two weeks later, the Broncos lose Super Bowl XII to the Dallas Cowboys 27 to 10

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 208.10
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 2.65
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 6.07
Prime Rate (%): 11.75
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -59,185,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 805.01

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 28,156.43
U.S. Population: 222.59 million
Littleton: 35,000

Current Events

Technology/Science: First cochlear implant surgery, first test tube baby born, first vaccine for meningitis
Art: Norman Rockwell dies
Fashion: Blue jeans manufactured by Levi Strauss go on sale in Easter Berlin, first time available to ordinary East German consumers.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Dodge Omni
Food: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Crepes opened in a former gas station in Vermont. President Jimmy Carter signed a bill legalizing home brewing on Oct 14.  However states could still set there own limits. Because of the massive success of Reese Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s introduces Reese's Pieces
Toys: Simon, Speak & Spell


1979

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 6302/3405
Degrees Awards: 515
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $9.35/$38.75
ACC Happenings and Events: ACC Gallery opens. Stokley Carmichael, activist with Black Panthers, speaks on campus, protesters outside. Wizard dropped as catalog mascot. Second floor lounge fire caused remodeling of lounge while bookstore was flooded. Education Opportunity Center closed. Labyrinth offered beer on Fridays. ACC Gallery opened. ACC Arrows won basketball championship in Denver Mountain League. Ed Sardella taught TV news on campus. ACC's oldest student, Mildred Hermann completed her GED on her 90th birthday.

President of the U.S.

Jimmy Carter (January 20, 1977-January 20, 1981)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Kramer vs. Kramer
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: What A Fool Believes, The Doobie Brothers
Time Person of the Year: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Nobel Prize Literature: Odysseus Elytis, Greece
Nobel Peace Prize: Mother Teresa, India
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Sweeney Todd/Elephant Man
Emmy Award: Taxi, Lou Grant, Roots

News and Events

News-Littleton: As many as 35 trains a day pass though Littleton. Prediction that 50 trains a day will be soon. A Grand Plan starts developing.
News-Colorado: Interstate 70 in Colorado was completed with the dedication of the Eisenhower–Johnson Memorial Tunnel's Edwin C. Johnson Bore (second bore construction under the Continental Divide began August 18, 1975.)
News-U.S.: Sony Walkman introduced. First Jiffy Lube center opens. Three-Mile Island nuclear accident, which is America's most serious nuclear power plant accident in its history. Iran hostage crisis begins.
News-Global: Shah of Iran is forced into exile and is replaced as Iranian leader by Ayatollah Khomeini.

Sports

Sports: John McEnroe captures his first US open men's singles

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 459.00
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 2.90
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 5.85
Prime Rate (%): 15.25
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -40,726,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 838.74

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 28,588.12
U.S. Population: 225.06 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: Three-mile island nuclear disaster
Art: John Wayne dies
Fashion: Color almost completely disappeared by 1979. Earth tones, grays, whites and blacks were back in full force, as people had apparently tired of the super bright tones of the early 1970s. With the demise of disco late in 1979, these styles (which were by then being criticized as flamboyant) quickly went out of fashion. Designer jeans with straight, cigarette-legs, and painters' pants then started to come into style.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Buick Rivera S
Food: The first Zagat restaurant survey was published. McDonald's introduced the Happy Meal for kids. General Mills introduced 'Honey Nut Cheerios'. M&M Mars introduces the Twix Caramel Cookie Candy Bar.
Toys: Star Trek Electronic Phasers